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tmarieFeb. 09, 2016 - 10:46AM JST
If being a yak isn't illegal and the groups aren't illegal is this ethical? For a country that likes to pretend the yaks are always the bad guys, their laws and government sure don't reflect that.
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tmarieFeb. 09, 2016 - 10:45AM JST
I'm going to guess that mommy and daddy created this mess by raising a son to behave like this. It never fails to amaze me how parents (moms?) allow their kids to be spoiled brats and then turn around and complain when their kids are... spoiled brats. Come on now mom! You raised him to be lazy like this.
Posted in: 71-year-old woman torches her son's room for not cleaning up mess
tmarieFeb. 07, 2016 - 11:45AM JST
Sensato, read Nathalie's post and then reread, reread, reread... You are one of the very few and very lucky. As are you wife and kids.
Pretty much every FT working woman I know who is married to a Japanese man, this IS the reality. Those with foreign husbands have a heck of a lot more support because let be honest, companies here expect a lot less hours from foreigm men compares to Japanese men.
Posted in: Video explores gap between ideals and reality for working mothers in Japan
tmarieFeb. 07, 2016 - 11:40AM JST
Plus, give Japan a break. WWII is over 70 years ago. It's absurd to have daily news about it like if we were still fighting that war.
Great so you agree that Abe and the like can stop visiting Yasukuni, the memorials at Hiroshima and Nagasaki should stop and textbooks can stop talking about the bombing of Hiroshima in their English books, right?
Posted in: Angelina Jolie's film 'Unbroken' finally opens in Japan
tmarieDec. 04, 2015 - 03:08PM JST
What part of that does not just sound like GOLD DIGGER?
So that makes it okay to knowingly engage in unprotected sex while having HIV and possibly infecting her?
Posted in: Ex-girlfriend sues Charlie Sheen in first known lawsuit over HIV status
tmarieDec. 04, 2015 - 01:13PM JST
Why this man has been given so many chances by Hollywood is disturbing. The guy belongs in jail.
tmarieDec. 03, 2015 - 10:15AM JST
Why does "Quote of the Day" never give more information? Why not pass along the hotline number so folks who need help who are reading this can call? Why not name the mosque from the other day's quote? No point in a quote if folks don'T get the full information of whatever the quote is from.
Posted in: Most foreign workers in trouble tend to keep quiet because they don't understand Japan's legal system.
tmarieNov. 30, 2015 - 03:11PM JST
I feel ill after reading this. A 17 year old married to an unemployed 23 year old? Crying too loud while they played video games? So many things wrong here. Name the mom if you are going to name that poor baby.
RIP sweet baby girl. You deserved better.
Posted in: 16-day-old girl dies after being put in trash can by parents
tmarieNov. 27, 2015 - 03:12PM JST
Miguel, I don't really have an answer for you except to say culture and birth control. Plenty of other countries don't have the vast amounts of options for birth control or it is engrained via religion not to use it as often. I think when you look at Mexico it is pretty easy to see that many love kids and big families are cultural based as children are seen to bring happiness. Here? People often see kids as pain in the butt due to the school system (PTA, entrance exams, keeping up with the neighbours with piano, eikaiwa, dance...). Kids here are seen as a blessing by some but overall society sees them as a tiring burden who needs their mommy to be with them 24 hours a day. Clearly this line of thinking isn't helping anyone.
I don't really know many moms who want more kids. One, two is enough for them and they are constantly complaining about how busy they are. Japan. Where one needs to pack a full day of activities and busy work to complain to others about. I don't think there really is that attitude in just relaxing and playing with your kids while they are small. I could be wrong on it but I don't see it. Kids in my area are thrown into every activity under the sun and that costs money. Don't think that is normal in non Asian countries but I could be wrong.
Posted in: Gov't to tackle maternity harassment, day care to slow population decline
tmarieNov. 27, 2015 - 01:12PM JST
I think that these articles tend to focus more in women; but I wonder what happen with men; do they want to have a family and have children? and If not, what is happening with them?
In this country men are never thought about when it comes to families having kids. It's all the women's doing and men are mere cash machines. Or at least this is how the population views it for the most part. Which is the damn problem of why people aren't having kid because the men can't afford it and women don't want to work under the horrific working conditions men suffer through.
Let's be honest. Until things are better for the MEN of this country when it comes to work, very few women are going to want to work FT. Very few can survive on one salary with kids. Meh. Preaching to the choir. Yet the bloody government STILL doesn't get it.
tmarieNov. 27, 2015 - 09:21AM JST
They actually going to punish companies who allow "mata hara" to continue? No? Then nothing will change.
Are they going to punish companies who use pregnacy against mothers when it comes to recontracting or promotions? No? Then nothing will change.
Are thing going to punish companies who use taking pat leave against fathers when it comes to recontracting or promotions? No? Then nothing will change.
Are they going to punish companies who demand silly overtime of their workers? No? Then nothing will change.
Abe can spout on and on about all of these changes and proposals but until the government actually puts its mouth where its money is and starts punishing folks for abusing their staff, nothing will change.
tmarieNov. 19, 2015 - 09:15AM JST
PIssing off China? Hmmmm... China, Russia AND the US? Not exactly a smart move.
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tmarieNov. 19, 2015 - 09:14AM JST
I have zero issues with being fingerprinted. What I take issue with is that the locals are not.
Posted in: How do you feel about the Japanese government fingerprinting foreign visitors arriving at airports?
tmarieNov. 18, 2015 - 09:14AM JST
Tragic, but if they were tourists perhaps a good idea to make Japanese people more aware of the dangers abroad, some think traveling abroad is as safe as Japan.
Interesting. I'm constantly told by locals how dangerous "gaikoku" is and how safe Japan is. Heck, I see this all the time on TV shows here where some talento goe son and on about how dangerous X country is.
I think a better thing would be teaching folks about being more aware of your surrounding area. Be it walking down the street, saving a seat in a cafe or driving around.
RIP folks. Horrible way to go.
Posted in: 2 Japanese women killed after driving into shootout in Brazil
tmarieNov. 12, 2015 - 12:42PM JST
** and it's almost like Japanese companies just gave up on innovation**
I would say the education system here has killed it and Japan Inc can blame the government for killing off innovation and critical thinking.
Posted in: Asahi Kasei, Takata, Toyo Tire, Toshiba, Olympus and many more too numerous to mention over the past decade -- the list of scandals concerning fabricated data, false labeling, accounting irregularities and cover-ups keeps growing. What's happened to Japan Inc?
tmarieNov. 12, 2015 - 10:13AM JST
Nothing. Just that the internet spreads news around and people are starting to finally wake up to this all.
tmarieNov. 12, 2015 - 10:11AM JST
This is good news. Now how will they recruit women or is this just an empty gesture as they realise many will not be so keen to join the JSDF now that they can be sent to war?
tmarieNov. 12, 2015 - 10:08AM JST
Unfortunately, by making an unsubstantiated claim she has set back the cause. The government can claim it is exaggerated and not so much a social problem as a social anomaly.
I disagree. If I was her, that would push me to find figures or research this area and make a point that Japan has a serious issue with child prostitution. I really do hope this is the course of action she takes.
And yes, what does it matter if the figure is 7% or 13%? We all know that school girls here are sexuailzed by the media, old men... and this is an issue that Japan repeatedly ignores.
Posted in: Japan says U.N. envoy retracts remarks on schoolgirl sex
tmarieNov. 10, 2015 - 03:02PM JST
Come on Japanese commentators let's face and deal with the problem - women need safety and protection not 'facing saving'.
And yet any poster who dares to point out that Japan is not a safe country for women and children gets voted down and certain posters go on and on about how it is safer than other countries. It is not safe for females when 13% of underage girls are selling themselves. It is not safe when Japan gets upset when such comments are made. Rather than save face, save the kids.
tmarieNov. 10, 2015 - 01:21PM JST
I don't understand this logic.
It's not logic which is why you don't understand it. Pride is killing this country and will continue to do so until people start to realise that looking at and talking about problems Japan has does not equal hating Japan. Mind blowing, eh?
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Feb. 12, 2016 - 02:36PM JST
Get well soon kid but this story is deja vous, J Taxis are shockingly arrogant drives.
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